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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005

    SC - Tilwanda Cheatham, 8, Aiken, 11 Aug 1989

    I didn't see a thread for Tilwanda so I thought I'd start one. I have her on Charley here: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/..._tilwanda.html She was said to be a chronic runaway but she was only eight; she could never survived on her own for this long.

    She looks like a beautiful little girl, especially her eyes and her smile.

    The NCMEC just did a new AP of her, aged to 27. http://www.missingkids.com/photographs/NCMC736385e1.jpg

  2. #2
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    Dec 2005

    Tilwanda Cheatham. 1989. Missing. 8 years old. Runaway?

    Tilwanda Denise Cheatham
    Missing since August 11, 1989 from Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics Date Of Birth: December 4, 1980
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 8 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'1; 70 lbs
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Black female. Black hair; brown eyes.
    Clothing: Last seen wearing a white shirt; red flower-print shorts; and tennis shoes.
    AKA: Tawana
    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Cheatham was last seen at her Aiken, South Carolina home on August 11, 1989.
    She has a history of running away. She was angry with her mother, who told her she could no longer stay with relatives and must come back home. Cheatham ran into her mother's house and took some spare change from a jar, then left the residence. She was last seen by two neighbors at a convenience store at approximately 5:30 PM. Cheatham has never been seen again.
    Authorities have investigated the possibility that she may have been living with relatives, but those theories have been cast aside. Cheatham was an honor roll student at North Aiken Elementary School in 1989.


  3. #3
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    Jun 2009

    Angry Tilwanda Cheatham

    I agree, a "chronic" runaway at only 8? And, somehow an Honor Roll Student whose Grandmother told so many lies she was arrested for obstruction of Justice in Tilwanda's case. Something isn't right.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    Tilwanda has been missing 21 years today. Come home soon.

    I do not find Tilwanda listed in NamUs at this time.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2008
    Silicon Hills
    Skeletal remains discovered in Aiken County today - " remains may have been at the location for 10-20 years" making ID difficult.


    The info at above link doesn't mention if it appears to be child or adult...just thought I'd put this info here JIC it's useful.

    (I also started a thread in the UID subforum.)
    What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
    But if that drop was not in the ocean,
    I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
    ~~ Mother Theresa ~~

    Where is Rachel Cooke? Missing since 10-Jan-2002
    Rachel's thread - WS

  6. #6
    Tilwanda, or Tilawna, was shown briefly on Nancy Grace America's Missing. Clip here:


  7. #7
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    Cold Case: After Two Decades Aiken County Girl Still Missing, Investigators Still Searching
    Posted: Aug 07, 2013 5:37 PM EDT Updated: Aug 07, 2013 5:37 PM EDT

    By Ashley Bridges, WJBF Reporter

    article at link above.

  8. #8
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    Oct 2014

    Tilwanda has been missing for over 26 years.


  9. #9
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    Jan 2013
    She has a skin discoloration on her left arm OR her left leg? As in, no one quite remembered where it was? That seems odd.

  10. #10
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    May 2015
    North Carolina
    A chronic runaway at 8? I remember getting mad at my mom at that age and telling her I was going to run away, but I only ever made it down the street. I turned around when I realized I had no where to go.

    When they say she was a chronic runaway, what do they mean?
    In the other instances how long was she missing and where was she found?
    What was she usually mad about when she ran away?

    My guess is that she'd run away to relatives, that's the only way I could see an 8 year old being a chronic runaway, but even with that you have to wonder how close she lived to them. I'd understand if they lived in the same neighborhood, but still I can't imagine an 8 year old walking too far by themselves, it would definitely stand out outside of a neighborhood setting. I guess it was more common in 1989 for children to wander a bit, but this was at the beginning of "stranger danger", and the milk carton kids were around for almost 10 years. I can't help but wonder about the family of a chronic runaway 8 year old, and what she was running away from.

    Her case reminds me of the Asha Degree case, she was 9 years old and "assumed" to have run away without reason. I'm not buying it.

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